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Celtic-Ireland Pavilion Folklorama

After taking in the Ethiopian and German pavilions, two day ago, last night I took in only one pavilion. While taking in Folklorama has been very enjoyable, it’s also a bit tiring. I decided to check out the Celtic-Ireland Pavilion on Archibald.

Celtic-Ireland Food

Since I was going to only one pavilion, I decide to go whole hog on the food. I ordered two of the combination plates. The first one, which is a full meal is the banger platter. This comes with two bangers(sausages), two scoops of mashed potatoes, and a side of cole slaw. The second combination was the soup combination. Which was a leek soup with a scone on the side. I finished this off with a an order of trifle for dessert.

Celtic-Ireland Bangers
The Banger and Mash plate at the Celtic Ireland pavilion is a substantial plate.

The bangers were moist and chewy, but without too much fat. The mashed potatoes were as smooth as any you could find.

Celtic Ireland Leek Soup
A rice and creamy leek soup.

The trifle came with a real smooth custard. The fruit and jelly mixture goes well together.  The one thing to keep in mind is that the line up is long. The volunteers managing the line move people through quite quickly, but you should arrive as early as possible to take in both the food and drink line. By the time I finished placing my order I decided to bypass the drink line so that I could eat my food and still be able to take in the show.

Celtic - Ireland trifle.
The trifle made a good ending to the meal.

The pavilion also carries a variety of Irish potato chips (or crisps as they are called over there), If you want to learn a little bit about Tayto crisps check out this clip by Dara Obriain about Tayto crisps on YouTube.

Celtic-Ireland Tayto Chips
Tayto Crisps, popular Irish brand of Potato chips.
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Guinness Brand Crisps.

Celtic-Ireland Show

The show at the pavilion features the dancing of John Lonergan. Six times world Irish dance championship. In addition to being a highly awarded dancer, he is willing to share the stage with a couple of very young dancers who are always on the verge of stealing the show. The young women who made up the dance troupes also did a remarkable job of dancing. In between their was a trio of young violinists/fiddlers whose playing kept the dance atmosphere going strong.

Celtic-Ireland fiddlers.
Celtic fiddlers about to launch into their number.

Cultural Display

After 15 different pavilions, the cultural display at the Celtic-Ireland pavilion was my first disappointment of the two weeks. There first thing was that it was hard to find the sign. Then, while the April Uprising is an important subject and gives an idea of how modern Ireland developed, but the display is too narrow and a little far off the beaten track in a very busy pavilion. Below is a video that gives a brief history and summary of the April/Easter uprising. It’s well worth the few minutes required to watch it.
One more thing. If you are wanting to get a seat to eat your food at the table make sure you arrive early. The show I went to was standing room only, with 100’s of people standing around the rim of the curling club floor.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.